This is what a German helmet is supposed to look like! This is a professionally refurbished original M42 German helmet with a reproduction liner. Shell size 66 liner size 59 (more sizes to come if there is enough demand). Maker codes vary; sorry, no choice. There is no branch of service decal on this helmet as per military order after November of 1943. After then, decals were not to be applied to helmets. The German helmet is arguably the most iconic piece of equipment in the entirety of the hobby so you want to wear the best!
Compare this refurbished helmet to the unissued original in the photos. This is exactly how the helmet would have looked when it left the factory (the only exception is that we have included a chin strap for convenience). Chin straps would have been issued as a separate item. This is hands down the best helmet out there. The paint color is nearly dead-on and the aluminum oxide texture is 100% correct and really makes the helmet. This helmet's paint color is about as dull as dull can be and it's perfect. This is not another shiny spray-painted helmet! It is as close to an original unissued helmet as humanly possible.
Please measure your head with a cloth tape measure to ensure a good fit before ordering. Your head should measure no less than 58cm (22 7/8") and no more than 59cm (23 1/4") to fit this helmet.
There may be a minor scuff or two, possibly some dust or dirt from storage. This is almost impossible to avoid but is completely within reason for an unissued helmet. Helmets would have rubbed something in their journey from the factory to the quartermaster. The helmets in our inventory are handled with a great deal more care than they ever would have been during the war.
The texture coating is slightly uneven and the paint may also have some small imperfections, all of which is completely correct and happened on originals. It is not completely "perfect" and that is one of the things that makes it completely perfect!
The helmet you receive should be basically like new but there is a chance of a light stain to the liner from being tried on previously. Our helmets do go to shows and sometimes people will try a helmet on and sometimes it will leave a little stain on the liner. Helmets would have been trial and error fitted to you when issued so this is not necessarily an inauthentic detail and is rather unavoidable.
Please note for this particular item, there is a 10% or more restocking fee for returns! Be careful when trying your helmet on, damage does effect the value of the helmet and will effect how much can be refunded! The helmet is expensive so we do want you to be happy with it but very little of the cost is actual profit.
We also have a refurbished M40 single decal helmet available.